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Petty Project: Skating Sailor by warbirdphotographer Petty Project: Skating Sailor by warbirdphotographer
George Petty was a wonderful Pin-Up artist for Esquire magazine during the late 30s and the 40s. Especially during World War 2, his art was the most famous of the time. Painted on the noses of aircraft during the war by the crews, the 'Petty Girl' became a symbolic reminder for service men of what they were fighting for. I've always been interested in Petty's work, I believe he was the 'classic' pin-up artist and there's not been another like him. The Petty Girl was innocent, teasing, but never full revealing. The classic traits of a true Pin-Up. I came up with an idea to 'recreate,' through photos and photoshop (as close as I could), all of Petty's artwork from the late 1930s to the 1950s. It's a daunting task that will take years to do, but a fun project that I'm very excited for and will including as many different models as I can shoot with till the project is completed.

Petty Project Image #016
Model: Rachel

Here it is, the finished Skating Sailor Petty recreation! This one was a lot of fun, and heavily in demand by a lot of gals who wanted to recreate it. Rachel, however, was the first to really get things together to do this. The trickiest part of this 'impossible for a human being to pose' skater (with ballet shoes?) was the skin tight blue top. More like body paint than an outfit (a style of the 1940s pinups) we basically opted to digitally add the top later on over her skin (she was wearing a small halter top). The final product came out probably the closest possible Petty recreation!

Original Petty Artwork: [link]

Here's the YOUTUBE video of the whole process from the original Petty, studio shoot, to Photoshop process, and final image: [link]

Dietz Dolls: [link]
Petty Project Website: [link]
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pixarviolet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting ha skating on pointe shoes, that's gonna be difficult.
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Waaaaa I really love this one!! I want to be a Sailor, too! :la:
BaitnTackle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dare I say... Better than the original!
warbirdphotographer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, that's quite a compliment!
wahini Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Love the pose, theme, and medium - in a single word, Wonderful!!
MichaelHolbrookPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great recreation! love the video as well!!
warbirdphotographer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you!
ravenswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
You have captured Petty very well, kudos.
warbirdphotographer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, that's a great compliment!
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